It is hard to find a similar anthem in any other country, because for years, Panamanian citizens turned a school song into their Anthem, providing it with the required dose of patriotism.
The Panamanian Anthem, written by Juan Agustín Torres and music by Mr. Santos Jorge, was made on the occasion of Mr. Willian J. Buchanm’s presentation of his letters of credence as Ambassador of the United States of America and later remained as such until a new version arose of what is today the National Anthem of the Republic of Panama, whose lyric is as follows:
Victory has finally been achieved
In the merry field of the union;
With ardent splendours of glory
The new nation is enlightened.
With a veil we must cover
Calvary and the cross from the past;
And your blue sky be adorned
By the splendid light of harmony.
Progress clings to your home
In time to a sublime song
Look how both seas roar at your feet
Towards your noble mission.
On your soil covered with flowers
To the kiss of a warm wind from the land
Warlike clamours came to an end;
Only brotherly love is alive.
Carry on with the pickaxe and the spade,
To work you must go in a rush,
And we shall be glory and gala
Of Columbus’s fertile world.
Lyric by: Jerónimo De La Ossa
Music by: Santos Jorge